Jamaica and CCC meet in key President?s Cup match

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- After several close games in the first round on Wednesday more hard-fought matches are expected on Friday in the second round of the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) President’s Cup One-Day Tournament.

First ball is at 9.15 am and we will see: Barbados battling with Guyana at Albion; Combined Campuses and Colleges meeting Jamaica at Bourda; Windward Islands taking on Trinidad and Tobago at Uitvlugt; and West Indies Under-19 going head-to-head with Leeward Islands at Enmore.

Jamaica will be hoping to have a pick-me-up when they face CCC. The Jamaicans fell hard in the first round by a massive 90 runs to Trinidad and Tobago, so a win against the students is vital is they are to challenge for a semi-final spot.

CCC earned the narrowest of victories, by one run, against the Windward Islands so they will be confident. In the first match Jamaica’s batting let them down – making 111-9 and they will have to be on the look-out for the CCC’s improving bowling attack, led by pacer Kevin McClean and spinner Kavesh Kantasingh.

A match between Barbados and Guyana has the potential to be a cliffhanger and a large crowd is expected at Albion. Both teams had wins in the first round – Barbados by two wickets over the Under-19s and Guyana by three wickets against the Leewards. A win on Friday could secure a semi-final ticket, so this game is sure to bring out the best in both teams.

Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago can clinch a spot in the next week’s semi-finals and will be no doubt continue to play their brand of exciting, attacking cricket which saw they brush aside Jamaica.

The Windward Islands suffered heartbreak against CCC and this will be a difficult contest. In the first match they had good individual performances from their bowling attack as well a good batting from skipper Darren Sammy, who called for his teammates to step up and be counted. The entire team needs to “come to the party” if they are to spring an upset against the Trinidadians.

The final match features two teams both looking for points. The Under-19s, who are preparing for the ICC’s Under-19 World Cup in January, played excellent cricket in the first match but were edged out by the Bajans. Their bowlers were disciplined and they will want to continue the good work, while the batsmen will want to showcase their quality.

The Leeward Islands have an experienced unit and their bowling is capable of dismissing any team in the tournament. New ball bowlers Lionel Baker and Gavin Tonge provide a good combination up front and the back-up bowlers are also capable match winners.